Fighting terrorism with cyber security in the wake of the Orlando shooting

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Officials warn that while the shooter in Sunday's attack at an Orlando gay club may have been inspired by ISIS, they do not believe that the radicalist group trained or instructed him in the shooting.

Still, many believe he consumed jihadist propaganda online, which is why there is an ongoing effort from both cyber security forces and social media sites to monitor this type of activity.

"They will get key words, they will follow key words if they identify anything that is of great concern, especially involving public health, safety and welfare, they'll take it down within 24 hours because it's also a violation of their terms of service," said Adam Levin.

Levin is a nationally recognized expert on cyber security, as well as privacy, identity theft, fraud and personal finance. He is also the chairman and founder of ID911 and author of the book, Swiped.

In the realm of cyber security, Levin said there is a new drive to focus even more attention on terrorists and terrorist groups. He added that social media activity becomes especially critical with lone wolf acts, like the one in Orlando.

"The only way that you can find out some of that is by watching their activity on social networking and when these key words show up, to do something about it," he said.

It is easier said than done, though, which is why Levin said the nation needs to adopt even stronger security measures in the fight against terrorism.

"It's a delicate balance that we have to forge between cyber security and national security, between privacy and the concerns of security," he said, "but it's definitely another front because in the world we're living in now, the cyber war has replaced the Cold War."

Both the military and intelligence communities continue to treat cyber security as a priority, but Levin said it needs to go beyond that.

"I realize in the world of cyber security, most of us don't talk about it and we don't talk about the fact that we don't talk about it, but the truth is this is a subject that has to have more exposure," he said.

Levin added that the easiest way you can help in the fight against terrorism is to speak up.

"When people see something, they really need to say something."

He noted that in a seven-month period, Twitter disabled roughly 125,000 accounts, while Facebook receives up to one million reports a day about suspicious activity.

"We need to cooperate, collaborate and communicate as a world community," Levin said. "This is not just a U.S. problem, this is a worldwide problem and we're all in it together and we really need to be more sensitive to our surroundings, more concern about what's going on and more willing to step up and say, 'I think I see a problem and I just wanted to alert you that there is a problem.'"

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